Rent Animals (2019)

3.0 of 5 from 228 ratings
1h 44min
Rent Animals Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
  • General info
  • Available formats
Synopsis:
Laura and Tyler are two girls who like to party - drink, sex and drugs infuse their days while their careers and lives remain on hold. But when aspiring writer Laura (Holliday Grainger) meets the devilishly handsome musician Jim, sparks fly. Tyler (Alia Shawkat) wants to keep the party going, living a life without limitation, as Laura begins to settle into her relationship with Jim and a more strait-laced approach to life. As the fabric of their friendship begins to fray, the bond between Laura and Tyler starts to implode. Finding themselves at a crossroads as their old lives start to slip away, both begin to encounter new opportunities that might carry them beyond their past hedonism.
Actors:
, , , , , , , , , , , , , , Charlie Maher, Zeff Lawless
Directors:
Producers:
Sarah Brocklehurst, Cormac Fox, Sophie Hyde, Rebecca Summerton
Writers:
Emma Jane Unsworth
Studio:
Picturehouse Entertainment
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
06/01/2020
Run Time:
104 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes
  • Making Of Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
06/01/2020
Run Time:
109 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Making Of Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

Rent other films like Animals

Found in these customers lists

Reviews (2) of Animals

Plenty to admire, but ... - Animals review by PD

Spoiler Alert
25/01/2020

Plenty to admire here - but for me the many strong component parts of the film don't coalesce effectively enough for it to be (unlike Emma Jane Unsworth's novel) nearly hard-hitting enough. It's basically a comedy but with some dark edges about an underexamined subject (in film anyway) of female friendship, touted by some critics (not entirely without merit) as a 'Withnail & I' with women. Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat are pretty good as hard-partying, cocaine-snorting millennials, and many will be able to relate to the decrying of the conventionality of marriage and monogamy often declaimed by Shawkat's character Tyler. It's often insightful about the complexity of female friendships, and the interplay between Laura and Tyler is a very plausible mix of co-dependence, platonic desire and sisterly intimacy.

But .... despite the feisty amusement with which Shawkat dishes out her lines, with Grainger bantering back at equal pace, the dialogue often falls rather flat, and sometimes sounds surprisingly (given Unsworth's involvement) amateurish. Tyler is also too often Laura's foil, and although Grainger nails the Dublin accent and various local performers fill out the cast, these young folk don't sound much like Dubliners to me, and the 'sense of place' as it were feels weirdly artificial, like a very studious reproduction of Dublin youth culture made by someone who's never actually been there. Meanwhile, there are some truly awkward touches, such as some shots of urban foxes (to underscore the characters' supposedly animal natures?) which border on the trite. So all in all for me watchable enough but not one I'll be particularly recommending, especially to those who enjoyed the book.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Cold, brash and shallow - Animals review by TE

Spoiler Alert
05/02/2020

Unfortunately there is little to like about the two lead characters, with their empty hedonism and their self-obsession.

For a formulaic story like this to succeed there needs to be some engaging qualities for the viewer to latch onto, but here there are only cynical one-liners and hard-faced nihilism.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Help & support

Find answers to frequently asked questions and contact us should you need to

How It Works

See prices and levels and find out how Cinema Paradiso service works

Friends for Films

Invite your friends to join and get free subscription each month